Dr. Charles Edward Rowland was born on the 19th of April, 1879 in York County, Ontario. He was the son of Robert Rowland and the former Sophia French. His father was born in Ireland and his mother was born in Ontario. His siblings were; Thomas (1867), Robert (1877), Agnes (1882), Florence (1885) and William F. (1887).
Dr. Rowland was raised and educated in York County. Dr. Rowland received his under-graduate degree at the University of Toronto. He taught Latin, English and Greek at Upper Canada College and Ridley College for three years before attending medical school. Dr. Rowland graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1908. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Rowland joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 2nd of July, 1908. His first medical practice was in Wallaceburg.
He married Kathleen Gertrude Moran on the 29th of June, 1910 in Toronto. She was born on the 30th of August, 1885 in Wellington County. Her parents, William Moran and the former Sarah Cassin were farmers. She had 10 siblings including; Thomas, Hugh, Robert, Rose, William, Charles, Grace, James, Eva and Frank.
Dr. and Mrs. Rowland had one son, Charles Kenneth Rowland, who was born on the 10th of December, 1911 in Wallaceburg. Mrs. Rowland died on the 1st of March, 1913 of septicemia. She was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg.
Dr. Rowland married Dora Janet Taylor on the 27th of June, 1918. She was born on the 30th of July, 1889 in Dresden. She was the daughter of Samuel F. Taylor and the former Martha M. Roberts. She had 7 siblings; Byrel, Roy, Agnes, John, Adlea, Leona and Ila. By the time Mrs. Rowland was 12 years old, her family was living in Wallaceburg where her father worked as a butcher.
Dr. and Mrs. Rowland had 2 daughters. Dorothy Jean was born on the 28th of August, 1919 and Mary was born on the 16th of March, 1921. Dr. and Mrs. Rowland and their children moved to Walkerville (Essex County) around 1921. According to the 1921 census, the family resided at 54 Kildare Road.
Dr. Rowland returned to Wallaceburg in 1923 and took over the practice of Dr. William Hird. Dr. Rowland served on Wallaceburg Town Council and he was a member of the Board of Education for 21 years. Dr. and Mrs. Rowland lived at 88 Phair Ave. in Wallaceburg.
Dr. Rowland retired in 1945. He died on the 19th of July, 1949 at the Public General Hospital in Chatham. Mrs. Rowland died on the 7th of February, 1971. They are buried at Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg.
*Dr. Rowland’s son Charles Kenneth Rowland served during World War II as a gunner with the Canadian Armed Services. He served overseas in England, Holland and Germany. He is featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.
**Dr. William Hird also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.